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Latest China-funded biotech research facility completed in Nairobi | Coastweek

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- A view of the Sino-Africa Joint Research Center at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Nairobi. The state-of-the-art facility funded by the Chinese government to promote collaborative research with African countries in the field of agriculture and biodiversity conservation was officially handed over to a Kenyan university on Monday. The research center includes buildings of 4,300 square meters, and a 36-acre botanical garden. XINHUA PHOTO - PAN SIWEI

Latest China-funded biotech research facility completed in Nairobi

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- A state-of-the-art facility funded by the Chinese government to promote collaborative research with African countries in the field of agriculture and biodiversity conservation has beenofficially handed over to a Kenyan university.

A hand-over ceremony was held on Monday on the campus of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) where the Sino-Africa Joint Research Center is situated.

The Sino-Africa Joint Research Center focuses on biodiversity protection, resources remote sensing, microbiology and the promotion of modern agricultural practices.

Speaking at the ceremony, Vice Chancellor of JKUAT Mabel Imbuga hailed the scientific and technical cooperation between China and Kenya, which had promoted agricultural development and conservation of vital ecosystems in Kenya.

"The Sino-Africa Joint Research Centre will be a hub for training and knowledge transfer on biodiversity conservation.

"It will also focus on critical areas like agricultural science, molecular biology, remote sensing and natural products development," Imbuga said.

She said the modern research facility will enhance African countries’ capacity to tackle pressing challenges like hunger, water scarcity and habitat loss, and that the transfer of technology and skills will flourish.

 

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Chinese ambassador to Kenya Liu Xianfa [left] unveils the Sino-Africa Joint Research Center at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, in Nairobi. XINHUA PHOTO - PAN SIWEI
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The Chinese government provided funding for the establishment of the research center that comprises state-of-the-art laboratories, herbarium, green houses, administration offices, and conference and accommodation facilities.

A Chinese firm carried out the construction work.

The research center includes buildings of 4,300 square meters, and a 36-acre botanical garden.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences supports its management and has donated equipment worth more than 2.2 million U.S. dollars for the facility.

Liu Xianfa, Chinese Ambassador to Kenya, said the establishment of the research center marked a significant milestone in Sino-Africa cooperation in the field of science, technology and innovations.

"The aim of this project is to pursue development and environmental protection in a holistic way and build a green Africa that enjoys sustainable development," Liu said at the ceremony.

He added that the joint research centre will provide a platform for a robust and mutually beneficial collaboration between Chinese and African scientists.

             

 

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